We provide sailing activites for all ages. Families, adults, youth - we have opporutinites to learn to sail and advance your sailing education.



We teach people to become active stewards of the marine environment, and to promote community sailing and other environmentally friendly ways to enjoy the waters of Oyster Bay.

Junior Summer


Junior Summer Programs engage youth through marine science, habitat exploration, fishing, paddling, sailing, sailboat racing, and more!

About the WaterFront Center

Oyster Bay is said to have some of the healthiest waters in the Long Island Sound; they are classified SA - signifying the highest and best water quality. Home of the famous "Pine Island" oysters, farmed since l887 by Frank M. Flower and Sons, our waters produce up to 90 percent of the oysters and up to 40 percent of the hard clams harvested in all of New York State. This area of the waterfront used to be the site of Jakobson’s Shipyard, which during World War II employed over 600 workers, building minesweepers, tugboats and mini-submarines for the U.S. Navy. The Jakobson Shipyard in Oyster Bay was once at the center of Long Island's shipbuilding industry. At its height of production, it was the largest builder of tugboats east of the Mississippi. Eventually, changes in the industry left the future of this valuable waterfront site in question. Concerned citizens of Oyster Bay, who feared that the site could wind up in the hands of developers, stepped in to ensure the site remained a center for the community to explore its rich maritime heritage and connection to the bay. So in 1996, the site was purchased by the State of New York and the Town of Oyster Bay, and in 2000 the WaterFront Center was born to transform the site into a hands-on educational and recreational facility. Today this is the home of the WaterFront Center, an environmental education and recreation not-for-profit community center. It is also the home of Christeen, a National Historic Landmark and the oldest surviving Oyster Sloop in North America.
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News & Updates

  • February 3rd, 2017
    Oysters have always been the centerpiece of marine biology programs at the WFC, because after all, we are on Oyster Bay!  One of our favorite comments to visitors is, “what do you think of the farm?” When they look at us with suspicion, we explain about the oyster reefs in the water beneath us, the ...
  • January 19th, 2017
    This season the WaterFront Center partnered with SailAhead, whose mission is to heal wounded veterans through sailing, to create a new program called Veterans on Water, or “VOW.” The program was structured for the participants to obtain their US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification. The WFC offered three-hour classes every Friday and Sunday evening for twelve ...
  • November 29th, 2016
    JSA Optimist Championship
    Aug 15-16, 2016
    JSA Opti Champs. Sure, it may sound like just another regatta. The WFC generally hosts about six to eight regattas a year. But this is the big one – not just in quantities of numbers of competitors and support resources, but in lasting impact on a young sailor’s summer, ...
  • September 23rd, 2016
    Childhood is filled with new experiences and opportunities to learn new things. The WFC specializes in these experiences. Our Junior Summer Program is packed with discovery – of sea life, unfamilar habitats, the changing marine environment. There is so much excitement right on the shores of Beekman Beach, the WFC docks and in the southern ...
  • August 29th, 2016
    A gentle breeze blows out of the west… wait… now it’s coming from the south! As the sun sets, a golden hue is sent shimmering over the horizon, and fish are jumping everywhere around us – their splashes indicative of the joy we feel onboard our Sonar. “I always thought sailing was beautiful,” ...

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